Elbow Entry, Drive Through Lane

Enter the ball to the right elbow, move action through the lane and open the floor’s middle for a dribble-drive opportunity

WHY USE IT
This play produces a driving attempt at the rim but also can result in scoring chance for an opposite-side cutting player.

SET UP
All five players start outside the 3-point line with the point guard dribbling at the top of the set.

HOW TO PLAY
The wing on the deep right side flashes to the elbow and receives the entry pass. The point guard moves to the opposite elbow [1]. The point guard sets a down screen for the higher left-wing player, who takes a step toward the lane, which makes it easier to run the defender off the screen. The player with the ball looks to pass to the cutter if open. If not, the cutter clears to the ballside block. The right wing relocates closer to the corner [2]. The points moves back to the play’s original spot and now the middle and left side of the lane are clear to attack. The ball handler dribbles through and scores at the rim [3].

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TECHNIQUE
The Notre Dame women ran this play early in the championship game against UConn. The ball handler must wait for the action to clear through the lane so there is enough space to attack.